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Calvin and the Colonel ep 03 Thanksgiving Dinner

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Keywords: Calvin and the Colonel; Classic TV

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Reviewer: ken-j26 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 28, 2013
Subject: CALVIN AND THE COLONAL
This cartoon went passing through my mind for many years. Didn't know what the cartoon was about, until now.Thank you so much for posting this gem. Keep up the good work.

Reviewer: richgoup - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - November 30, 2011
Subject: Thanksgiving Dinner (Calvin and The Colonel)
Season 1, episode 3.
Original air date: 17 October 1961.
The Colonel has to find Thanksgiving food for his relatives he caralessly invited one year ago.
Cast: Freeman Gosden (Colonel Montgomery J. Klaxon), Charles Correll (Calvin Burnside: Voice), Beatrice Kay (Susan Culpepper: Voice), Virginia Gregg (Maggie Belle Klaxon: Voice). Paul Frees (Judge Oliver Wendell Clutch: Voice), Gloria Blundell (Myrtle: Voice uncredited) and Frank Nelson (Salesman: Voice uncredited).
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Reviewer: bgrauman - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 28, 2011
Subject: A "radio cartoon"
This originally aired as the third episode of the series on October 17, 1961, and was originally telecast in black and white (in syndication, the series aired in color, but ABC didn't have color facilities until after the show left the network in September 1962).

This is indeed an animated "funny animal" version of "AMOS 'N' ANDY" {Gosden & Correll couldn't use that title or the characters because CBS owned the rights to it}- and Connelly & Mosher were the head writers during the last few years of the original radio show (and also involved with the nightly "AMOS 'N' ANDY MUSIC HALL" disc jockey/interview show, from 1954 through 1960), and this is no doubt a direct adaptation from one of their radio scripts. The animation was produced at Creston Studios {aka TV Spots}, a production unit that previously animated the 1957-'58 color version of "CRUSADER RABBIT", several of Jay Ward's "Fractured Fairy Tales" during the 1959-'60 season of "ROCKY AND HIS FRIENDS", and all of the animation on TTV/Leonardo's "KING LEONARDO AND HIS SHORT SUBJECTS" {aka "THE KING AND ODIE"} (1960-'63).

By the way, it was ABC's insistance that the show feature a laugh track (a la "THE FLINTSTONES"), as they considered it an "animated sitcom".

Pretty good!

Reviewer: Archive fan - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - November 28, 2010
Subject: Famous Folks involved
I guess the reason these cartoons aired on primetime was because of the folks behind the scenes. The writers/producers were Bob Mosher and Joe Connelly, who created "The Munsters" and "Leave It to Beaver" among other TV series. The creators of Calvin and the Colonel were Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, none other than radio's Amos and Andy. With major radio comedy kaput and the NAACP complaining about the racism of the TV version of Amos and Andy, Gosden and Correll hit upon the idea of lending their voices to a cartoon series. So although there are animals running around, the lead voices are actually the Kingfish and Andy. So how did "Leave it To Beaver" meet "Amos and Andy?" Connelly and Mosher previously wrote for 12 years on the famous radio series, then ushered Amos and Andy onto TV (as well as themselves).

Reviewer: The_Emperor_Of_Television - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - November 3, 2009
Subject: Not Great, Not Terrible, Not Edible
Uploaded ages ago by "Lum" (do any other PD classic TV uploaders use AVI?), this episode isn't that bad. One days have to be in the right mood to enjoy this, and admittedly the animation is a bit generic. Of course, few will put this in the same class as classics like "Top Cat" and "Yogi Bear", but it is moderately funny and slightly charming. Airing the show in prime-time was a bad idea though (it didn't stand a chance against "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", which Wikipedia says aired at the same timeslot.)

Reviewer: wangho - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 10, 2009
Subject: WOW
I have been looking for these! These are awesome and truly forgotten through the sands of time. Thanks for finding and uploading these! They remind me of Rocky and Bullwinkle or some Jay Ward product.

Credits

Virginia Gregg (Maggie Belle Klaxon (voice)), Paul Frees (Oliver Wendell Clutch (voice)), Beatrice Kay (Sister Sue (voice)), Gloria Blondell (Gladys (voice)), Charles J. Correll (Calvin Burnside (voice)), Freeman F. Gosden (Colonel Montgomery J. Klaxon (voice))


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